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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Grandma's legendary chocolate cake recipe

As far back as I can remember this has been the favorite cake of our family. It is served on all special occasions including thanksgiving where it sits side by side with the pumpkin pies. It is a must for birthdays. Enjoy!

1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup oil
1 cup water
Bring to a boil in a small pan and then set aside 10 minutes to cool.

1/2 cup buttermilk blended with
1 teaspoon soda
Set aside to let chemical reaction occur.

In a large bowl mix together the following:
2 cups sifted flour
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cocoa
Mix together.
Pour in the margarine oil mixture and beat until smooth.

Beat in:
2 eggs
the buttermilk mixture from above
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Prepare your 9" by 13" pan by greasing it and sprinkle with cocoa.

Pour into pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cocoa frosting

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
3-4 tablespoons non dairy creamer
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix until nice and creamy in texture and spread on the cooled cake.

This cake is best on the second day so it is a good recipe to make ahead of time.  You can buy powdered buttermilk and reconstitute it for use in this recipe.

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